LEIGH -- Mildred Hake, 96, of Leigh, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at her daughter's home in Glendale, Arizona.
Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Leigh, with Fr. Rod Kneifl celebrating the Mass. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, with a 7 p.m. rosary. Visitation will continue 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church. Interment will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Mildred Hake’s name to the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #302, or St. Mary’s Altar Society in Leigh.
Mildred, better known as “Millie,” was married on July 2, 1946, to Elmer Lavern Hake. Mildred was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by her four children Connie (Dennis) Schwichtenberg, Debbie Hake, Kris (Jerry) Jepson, and Todd Hake; seven grandchildren Terry (Gina), Brett (Cristi), and Michael (Taylor) Schwichtenberg, Darcy (Bill) Therrien, Marni (Thomas) Jones, Meagan (Josh Miller), and Melissa Hake; and 12 great-grandchildren Brian, Gunner, Dillon, Madison, Nicholas, Jayden, Brynn, Aydon, Addison, Payten, Cash, and Cameron. She is preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Hake; Parents, Frank and Mary Kafka; four brothers, Frank Jr., Adolf, Edward and Joseph; one sister Agnes Kmoch; four nieces and one nephew.
Mildred was born on a farm northwest of Leigh to Frank Dominic Kafka and Mary Anne Kacin. She graduated from Leigh High School at age 15 in 1936. She attended summer school at Wayne State Teacher College and then continued her college education at the University of Nebraska. Mildred retired from teaching after 40 years (1937-47 and 1957-87). Her first job paid $40 per month with a $90 year-end bonus. She taught 25 students in nine grades in a small rural school with no indoor plumbing and she served as janitor. It is estimated that she instructed 500 students within rural areas of Stanton and Colfax Counties before her retirement.
Mildred was a faithful servant of God for 96 years and attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Leigh. She had many hobbies and activities she enjoyed. She most enjoyed spending time with her immediate family who are scattered between Nebraska, Arizona and California. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, St. Mary’s Altar Society, Nebraska State Education Association, and University of Nebraska Alumni Association. After her retirement, you would often find her enjoying time at the casino, horse-races, playing cards with family and friends, or just relaxing with a nice cup of coffee, pie or a roll, and the most challenging crossword puzzles, to include the New York Times.
Ultimately she was the most caring, loving and selfless woman and was the matriarch of her family! She will be truly missed by her family and friends who love her dearly!
Our family welcomes you to join us at the American Legion Hall in Leigh following Saturday’s services for a luncheon and to celebrate Mildred’s life.
Condolences may be sent to www.millersfh.com.